LAHORE - Powerful Young Doctors Association (YDA) crushed the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) in the first ever face-off in Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) elections yesterday.

YDA backed Dr Aamir Hussain Bandesha defeated PMA’s Dr Ashraf Nizami on Registered Medical Practitioners (RMP) seat in a one sided contest. Bandesha secured 7045 votes as against Nizami’s 1215.

Backed by College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), Dr Abrar Ashraf Ali won polls against Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College Prof Mehmood Shaukat on public sector faculty seat with comparatively low margin. Dr Abrar Ashraf Ali got 650 votes as against Prof Mehmood Shaukat’s 487.

Polling was held for three slots of the Council in Punjab as elections in other provinces and FATA had already been completed on December 5. Polling in Punjab was stayed by the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench due to local bodies elections in the province. PMDC, later, fixed polling date on December 15. All contestants on private faculty seat had withdrawn their candidature in favor of Prof Maj Gen (Retd) Abdul Khaliq Naveed from Rafah University.

The polling was held as one of the contestants Prof Saeed from Azra Naheed Medical College could not withdrew papers within stipulated time period.

YDA’s strength at teaching hospitals and differences among general practitioners that split votes of PMA led to landslide victory of Dr Aamir Bandesha. YDA leadership carried out vigorous campaign across the province, including far flung areas of Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur.

The other two contestants Dr Mussarat-ul-Hasnain from Jhang and Dr Assad Shah from Wah Cantt failed to make any impact.

Led by Senior Vice President Prof Khalid Masood Gondal, CPSP office bearers carried out intensive campaign for Dr Abrar Ashraf Ali that proved vital in his victory against well respected professional Prof Mehmood Shaukat.